Not everyone is lucky enough to live in an area or on a large enough plot of land to have a full fledged garden. But, in an urban environment, there are some options that may still yield a great return.
Due to an article by nutuba, a fellow Triond publisher about raising chickens, the green thumb in me has begun to sprout again and I have decided to do a bit of research on the topic of urban gardening.
When I was growing up, I lived in plenty of more rural neighborhood (my family moved around plenty, nearly every two years when I was younger). Just about every house I remember living in with my parents, we had a fair amount of land, ranging from a tenth of an acre lot, to a half acre. In each of these homes we lived in, my mother would always plant a small garden and grow certain crops that would help to sustain us through the years. In the homes with larger amounts of land, we would even grow some of the larger and more useful crops such as corn, green beans and squash.
My mother (and all of us boys) would plant the crops together, go out and pick weeds after school and eventually when the crop would get big enough, harvest the plants, process them to some extent and freeze them for use later on in the year.
Now, though I have my own family to care for and my own home, we seem to be more reliant on the local (insert large chain grocery store here) and I feel that in light of this current economic stress, it may be a good time to get a garden going and become once again more independent of the outside world.
I have been too distant from the agricultural scene for too long and had to think about what type of plants I would like to grow, and do a bit of research to see what plants could even be grown in such small space as most of us have in or around our homes.
The first thing that came to mind was Raspberries. I cant even describe the nostalgia associated with this fine fruit, nevertheless this was one that I definitely wanted to try to grow.
Raspberries are not to be grown in containers or inside for that matter. They require a great deal of sunlight and should not be planted in an area with poor drainage. They do need water so an area with irrigation access or in close proximity to the garden hose will do. Raspberries come in two types, June bearing and everbearing. This means that the June bearing will bear fruit from about June to mid July or so. Everbearing will have two bearing seasons, once in the spring and once in fall. Raspberries are perennial, which means they will live for more than two years, with proper care of course.
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